For the long-term transition away from coal, oil and natural gas, Germany needs to increase electricity generation by one third by 2030 and then double that in the following decade, Scholz said in an interview with the Berlin-based Tageszeitung newspaper published on Saturday. He said a number of laws were changed to speed up approvals for wind power projects, which can currently take as long as six years.Bloomberg | January 14, 2023
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Claim that Pa. climate program was unlawfully delayed is moot, court says
January 20, 2023 – Commonwealth Court is dismissing the Department of Environmental Protection’s claim that a signature climate regulation was unlawfully delayed. The opinion issued Thursday does not resolve the question that prompted the suit: How long lawmakers have to dispute new rules. The rule to let the state join the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative cleared most regulatory hurdles by late 2021. But the Legislative Reference Bureau, which publishes regulations to make them official, refused to print the rule right away. Widener University law professor John Dernbach said the question of the timeline for disapproving regulations needs to be resolved.
Chesapeake CEO Urges Slowdown in Natural Gas Output After Price Plunge
January 18, 2023 – Chesapeake Energy Corp. Chief Executive Officer Nick Dell’Osso urged his peers in the US natural gas sector to scale back production growth in response to the “very clear signal” from low prices for the fuel. Dell’Osso’s remarks came just hours after news broke of Chesapeake’s agreement to sell some South Texas shale assets for $1.43 billion to WildFire Energy. Shedding the package of drilling rights, wells and equipment is intended to hone Chesapeake’s focus on harvesting gas from the Haynesville and Marcellus shale regions. Benchmark US gas prices are down 23% in the past year. Just last month, top US gas producer EQT Corp. said the price plunge would slow supply growth.
It’s mid-January and the Great Lakes are virtually ice-free. That’s a problem.
January 20, 2023 – While it’s still unclear how things will shake out for the rest of the season, no ice isn’t a good thing for the lakes’ ecosystem. It can even stir up dangerous waves and lake-effect snowstorms. Less ice cover doesn’t mean that residents around the Great Lakes are getting an easier winter. In fact it can be the opposite. Ice cover acts as a shield, stopping water from evaporating off the lake, Fujisaki Manome said. So, when there is less ice people around the lakes typically see more lake-effect snow.
Friant Dam has more water than it can handle. Fresno wants it before it’s lost to ocean
January 19, 2023 – After a month of more-than-abundant rainfall and years of drought in Fresno and the central San Joaquin Valley, the city of Fresno hopes to have an opportunity to buy discounted water from Millerton Lake that would otherwise flow down the San Joaquin River and be lost to the Pacific Ocean. While the city relies on surface water from both Millerton Lake and Pine Flat Reservoir to supply a pair of water treatment plants providing water to Fresno homes and businesses, the purchase of excess water from Millerton would be routed to the Fresno Irrigation District and the Fresno Metropolitan Flood Control District for storage in flood-control and groundwater recharge basins operated by the two agencies.
Blue Hydrogen: What You Need to Know
State governments are moving forward with plans to publicly fund projects that use fossil fuels to generate hydrogen as a source of energy, and industry is ready to get started. But what is blue hydrogen, and is it really a viable energy source or appropriate for certain uses? And what are the health risks of blue hydrogen hubs to residents living near these operations or the gas extraction sites on which they depend? This one-hour panel discussion with researchers and policy and public health experts will examine these questions and others posed by participants. The discussion will be moderated by Dr. Ned Ketyer. A recording of the event will be available afterward.
Date & Time: Wednesday, January 25, Noon-1 p.m.
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MARK Z. JACOBSON, Ph.D.
Mark Z. Jacobson is Director of the Atmosphere/Energy Program and Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Stanford University. He is also a Senior Fellow of the Woods Institute for the Environment and of the Precourt Institute for Energy. He received a PhD in Atmospheric Sciences in 1994 from UCLA and joined the faculty at Stanford in 1994. His career focuses on better understanding air pollution and global warming problems and developing large-scale clean, renewable energy solutions to them. He has published six textbooks and ~180 peer-reviewed journal articles. He is rated as the #1 most impactful scientist worldwide in the field of Meteorology & Atmospheric Sciences among those first publishing after 1985 and has served on an advisory committee to the U.S. Secretary of Energy.
Sasan Saadat is a Senior Research and Policy Analyst with Earthjustice—a public interest environmental law firm based in San Francisco. He works on the Right to Zero campaign where he advocates to speed the transition from fossil fuel combustion to zero-emission, clean energy, specifically in the freight sector. He has also written white papers scrutinizing the role of biofuels and hydrogen in a clean energy transition.
MAKENZIE WHITE, MPH, LMSW
Makenzie White is the Public Health Manager at the Environmental Health Project. Makenzie received a BS in social work from Franciscan University in Steubenville and an MPH and MSW from the University of Pittsburgh. During graduate school, Makenzie focused on social administration and community health while also earning certifications in human services management and global health. Previously, she has worked with nonprofits providing services to adults and children with intellectual disabilities, developmental disabilities, and mental health disorders. She is currently a licensed and practicing social worker in Pittsburgh. Outside of work, Makenzie volunteers as the President of the Pittsburgh Professional Chapter of Engineers Without Borders (EWB), a Disaster Service Associate with the American Red Cross, and a consultant for Engineers Without Borders USA.
EDWARD (NED) KETYER, MD, FAAP
Dr. Ned Ketyer is a Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania-area pediatrician. Dr. Ketyer enjoyed 26 years in private practice before retiring from patient care in 2017, although he continues to write a daily blog for AHN Pediatrics called The PediaBlog (www.thepediablog.com). He remains a member of the American Academy of Pediatrics Council on Environmental Health and Climate Change and is President of Physicians for Social Responsibility Pennsylvania. Dr. Ketyer is a consultant for the Environmental Health Project bringing attention to the health impacts of fracking in the Marcellus Shale gas patch.